This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Miami Blues, the classic 1990 black comedy thriller starring Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Fred Ward that is the best-known of the previous film adaptations of Miami’s own noir novel writer, the late Charles Willeford.
Unpredictable, slightly psychotic Frederick J. Fregner Jr. (Baldwin) is released from prison in L.A. and almost immediately hops on a plane to Miami where he continues right on going with his criminal ways. He meets Miami Dade Community College student Susie Waggoner (Leigh) who is making ends meet in some seedy ways. By chance Miami cop Hoke Mosley (Ward) gets the short end of a chance encounter with the pair, and is soon hot on Frederick’s trail.
Shot on location in Miami by lead producers Jonathan Demme and Gary Goetzman, this anniversary screening is presented on beautiful 35mm at the Coral Gables Art Cinema.
The latest adaptation of a Willeford novel, The Burnt Orange Heresy, is the Opening Night Film of this year’s Miami Film Festival.